SACRAMENTO — With 39.3 seconds left in the CIF state championship Division II final, 6-foot-6 sophomore Jeremiah Headley of Redondo unleashed a thunderous dunk over a Pleasant Hill College Park defender that not only signaled his arrival as a top player but made the stunned crowd at Sleep Train Arena begin to realize the special accomplishment the Sea Hawks were about to pull off.
"That play is a play for the ages," Coach Reggie Morris Jr. said.
It will be the signature moment in Redondo's 54-47 victory over College Park, the first state basketball title in school history. But so much more was accomplished for a team that was 10-17 last season and ended Saturday night with players celebrating with a dogpile on the court.
"It's amazing what young men can do when they get a goal and work toward that goal," said Morris, whose father, Reggie Sr., guided Manual Arts to a Division I state title 25 years ago.
Headley finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. He played junior varsity last season at Leuzinger.
"Hopefully it will be a play that kick-starts a great career for him," Morris said.
Ian Fox scored 11 points and Derek Biale scored 10 for Redondo (28-8).